I was in town yesterday and after attempting to finish off the final last-minute Christmas present list, I was shattered. I stopped in a cafe to sit down for a minute and have a drink and a sandwich, and checked my Facebook page while I was doing so. This showed up on my feed after a page that I follow shared it…
Jake’s Coffee Box is one of the smallest businesses in Birmingham, operating from a former phone box on Eden Square. It opened in August, after a charitable trust called ‘Thinking Outside The Box’ was given planning permission to convert the phone boxes into kiosks, allowing them to be rented.
What I particularly love about the business is Jake’s ‘Tea For Two’ – a pay-it-forward scheme in which customer can make a donation for a homeless person to be provided with a hot drink (with a tea costing just £1.10) – and I was particularly disheartened to see the ignorant comment that had been made by a member of the public in response.
So, realising that I was only just around the corner, I went on a mission to find him and make a donation. I discovered that Jake’s Coffee Box not only served tea, coffee and hot chocolate, but there were sausage rolls and homemade brownies on offer too! I was a bit fired up after reading the Facebook post so must have come across as a bit over-enthusiastic, but Jake was nice enough to let me take a picture and talk nonsense at him for a minute while I made my donation.
So, for those of you that are in the city, forget the big corporations – support a local business and hop on over to Jake’s Coffee Box, get yourself a hot drink and a sausage roll, and don’t forget to make that Tea For Two donation!
What about you guys? Do you have a local business that you visit regularly?
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